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Katarina Dempsey
Managing Director
Cleveland, OH
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Kat Dempsey joined ZRG as a Managing Director in 2022. Whether advising multinational or regional organizations, she focuses on distinctive client service, positive change, and growth. Kat’s cross-industry experience has led to successful searches in areas ranging from industrial and consumer goods to manufacturing and technology. Her work has a particular focus on senior executive roles, general management, commercial, and operations.

Previous Experience

Kat’s experience prior to ZRG includes tenures with leading executive search firms Boyden & Heidrick and McKinsey & Company.

Areas of Expertise

Kat has 20-plus years of global experience in management consulting, recruiting, and executive search. She maintains a strong focus on Operational Effectiveness and has built a global network of client and candidate relationships in industrial and consumer goods manufacturing companies. She partners effectively with private equity-backed, venture capital-backed, and family-owned clients across multiple industry sectors, including consumer, technology, chemical, agriculture, food & beverage and biotechnology.


Kat is a graduate of Cologne University of Applied Sciences in Köln, Germany, and holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. Born and raised in Germany, Kat has worked and lived in Düsseldorf, Germany, Paris, France, and New York City for most of her professional life. She is fluent in English, German and French.

Hobbies and Interests

In her free time, Kat enjoys reading and movies as well as listening to the news and music. She is also a foodie, taking pride in cooking and entertaining for her friends and family. With music being a shared interest among her family (her husband and two teenage daughters), Kat can often be found attending live concerts and cheering her daughters on in acapella and violin.

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